By Travis Martin
A new trailer has dropped for “A Monster Calls“ which delves deeper in the dark fantasy story of mourning. Based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness (who also wrote the script), the film centers on 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) as he is dealing with the impeding death of his mother (Felicity Jones) from cancer. Besides this, Conor must also deal with moving in with his cold grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and being bullied at school by Harry (newcomer James Melville).
Things change when Conor meets the Monster (Liam Neeson), a being made of sticks and leaves that can take the form of an old graveyard tree. It is then that the Monster begins to tell Conor stories each night it appears seven minutes after midnight. Now, with the Monster’s influence over him and the return of his father (Toby Kebbell), Conor may learn to overcome his despair.
The movie is directed by J.A. Bayona, and will be distributed by Focus Features. “A Monster Calls” comes on October 21, 2016.